Is a DON position realisitic? - page 2

I'm in my last semester of nursing school, so I should have my RN by the end of the year. I am seriously interested in trying to get a DON position for some underperforming LTCF in the Nashville, TN... Read More

  1. by   brendamyheart
    Quote from banditrn
    After 6 months in LTC, I have a few ideas of what I would do if I were a DON, but I have nowhere near the knowledge and experience that it would take at this time to REALLY do justice to the job - and by the time I do, I'll be ready for the 'home' myself.

    They don't just need to have NURSING experience, but GOOD, proven leadership skills - plus there are SO many rules and regs anymore that it gives me a headache.
    Very good point!!!
  2. by   Traveler
    I don't think that every RN who has excellent clinical and assessment skills makes a good DON but I do think that every DON should have some experience out on the floor and needs to have good clinical and assessment skills. In LTC there are usually not a lot of other RNs to go to if you can't get an IV started, foley in, line flushed. There aren't doctors routinely making rounds that you can request to check in on a patient who may be going into CHF crisis. It is most helpful if the DON can function well in situations like this. The DON is going to lose a lot of respect really fast if unable to perform clinically and it is not a benefit to the residents either. Of course the DON needs to have good leadership skills as well, but the clinical skills need to be there first.
  3. by   traumaRUs
    Back to the original poster - what did you decide to do? Thanks.
  4. by   augigi
    Per llg - Don't work for someone stupid enough to give you a DON job as a new grad.

    There is no way in "you-know-where" that someone who has never worked as an nurse can be in a position to direct the careers of other, more experienced nurses. Why would you even want to put yourself in that position? You will get resentment, obstruction and frustration for your efforts, regardless of your skill or knowledge.
  5. by   CoffeeRTC
    Quote from augigi
    Per llg - Don't work for someone stupid enough to give you a DON job as a new grad.

    There is no way in "you-know-where" that someone who has never worked as an nurse can be in a position to direct the careers of other, more experienced nurses. Why would you even want to put yourself in that position? You will get resentment, obstruction and frustration for your efforts, regardless of your skill or knowledge.

    Yep...what they said. I'm wondering what the OP ended up doing?

    I've worked with DONs who have walked the walk, so they can talk the talk. They tend to be the better ones. If you've never passed meds to 25+ pts, done treatments, dealt with families, docs staff and done your charting etc...then how are you gonna tell me how to manage my time better...

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